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Frameworks: John's Gospel, chapter 11


(The objective of these ‘Frameworks' is to provide an easy-to-read layout of the text in order then to use these individual verses for verse-by-verse study or meditation. To focus each verse we have also added in italic a description of what is happening)





v.1-16   The Death of Lazarus

v.17-37 Jesus Comforts the Sisters of Lazarus

v.38-44 Jesus Raises Lazarus From the Dead

v.45-57 The Plot to Kill Jesus


v.1-16 The Death of Lazarus


v.1  (this is about Lazarus who was ill) Now a man named Lazarus was sick. He was from Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha.

v.2 (Mary, his sister would pour oil over Jesus' feet) (This Mary, whose brother Lazarus now lay sick, was the same one who poured perfume on the Lord and wiped his feet with her hair.)

v.3 (they sent for Jesus) So the sisters sent word to Jesus, “Lord, the one you love is sick.”

v.4 (Jesus spoke about it to his disciples) When he heard this, Jesus said, “This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God's glory so that God's Son may be glorified through it.”

v.5   (he loved these three ) Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus.

v.6,7 (so he purposely waited two days) So when he heard that Lazarus was sick, he stayed where he was two more days, and then he said to his disciples, “Let us go back to Judea.” 

v.8 (the disciples worried about going there) “ But Rabbi,” they said, “a short while ago the Jews there tried to stone you, and yet you are going back?”

v.9 ( Jesus spoke about ministering inI the light) Jesus answered, “Are there not twelve hours of daylight? Anyone who walks in the daytime will not stumble, for they see by this world's light.

v.10 (without light you stumble) It is when a person walks at night that they stumble, for they have no light.”

v.11 (he said |Lazarus had only fallen asleep) After he had said this, he went on to tell them, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep; but I am going there to wake him up.”

v.12 (the disciples misunderstood) His disciples replied, “Lord, if he sleeps, he will get better.”

v.13 (for Jesus had been speaking about death) Jesus had been speaking of his death, but his disciples thought he meant natural sleep.

v.14,15 (he makes it clear to them) So then he told them plainly, “Lazarus is dead, and for your sake I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him.”

v.16 (Thomas makes a profound statement) Then Thomas (also known as Didymus) said to the rest of the disciples, “Let us also go, that we may die with him.”



v.17-37 Jesus Comforts the Sisters of Lazarus


v.17 (Lazarus had been buried four days) On his arrival, Jesus found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days.

v.18,19 (Many Jesus from Jerusalem had come to comfort the famliy) Now Bethany was less than two miles from Jerusalem, and many Jews had come to Martha and Mary to comfort them in the loss of their brother.

v.20 (Martha went out to meet Jesus) When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went out to meet him, but Mary stayed at home.

v.21,22  (she speaks faith) “Lord,” Martha said to Jesus, “if you had been here, my brother would not have died. But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask.”

v.23 (he reassures her Lazarus will rise) Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.”

v. 24 (yes, I know he will rise on the last day) Martha answered, “I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.”

v.25,26  (Jesus is the bringer of life after death) Jesus said to her, “ I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?”

v.27 (she makes a profound statement of faith) “Yes, Lord,” she replied, “I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.”

v.28  (she went and called Mary) After she had said this, she went back and called her sister Mary aside. “The Teacher is here,” she said, “and is asking for you.”

v.29 (Mary goes to him ) When Mary heard this, she got up quickly and went to him.

v.30 (they were still outside the village) Now Jesus had not yet entered the village, but was still at the place where Martha had met him.

v.31 (the Jews followed her) When the Jews who had been with Mary in the house, comforting her, noticed how quickly she got up and went out, they followed her, supposing she was going to the tomb to mourn there.

v.32 (Mary greet Jesus in anguish) When Mary reached the place where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet and said, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.”

v.33 (Jesus is moved by that anguish) When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled.

v.34 (he asks where the tomb is) “Where have you laid him?” he asked. “Come and see, Lord,” they replied .

v.35 (he also wept) Jesus wept.

v.36 (the Jews see it) Then the Jews said, “See how he loved him!”

v.37 (but some criticise) But some of them said, “Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this man from dying?”



v.38-44 Jesus Raises Lazarus From the Dead


v.38 (Jesus goes to the tomb) Jesus, once more deeply moved, came to the tomb. It was a cave with a stone laid across the entrance.

v.39 (he instructs the stone to be removed) “Take away the stone,” he said. “But, Lord,” said Martha, the sister of the dead man, “by this time there is a bad odour, for he has been there four days.”

v.40 (if you believe you will see God's glory) Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?”

v.41,42 (the stone is removed and Jesus prays) So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me.”

v.43 (he calls Lazarus out) When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!”

v.44 (when Lazarus walks out he instructs them to unbind the grave clothes) The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face. Jesus said to them, “Take off the grave clothes and let him go.”



v.45-57 The Plot to Kill Jesus


v.45 (The Jews from Jerusalem saw what happened) Therefore many of the Jews who had come to visit Mary, and had seen what Jesus did, believed in him.

v.46 (some went back and told the Pharisees) But some of them went to the Pharisees and told them what Jesus had done.

v.47,48 (the authorities were perplexed) Then the chief priests and the Pharisees called a meeting of the Sanhedrin. “What are we accomplishing?” they asked. “Here is this man performing many signs. If we let him go on like this, everyone will believe in him, and then the Romans will come and take away both our temple and our nation.”

v.49,50 (Caiaphas prophesies) Then one of them, named Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, spoke up, “You know nothing at all! You do not realize that it is better for you that one man die for the people than that the whole nation perish.”

v.51,52 (he spoke of Jesus' sacrificial death) He did not say this on his own, but as high priest that year he prophesied that Jesus would die for the Jewish nation, and not only for that nation but also for the scattered children of God, to bring them together and make them one.

v.53 (so they plot Jesus' death) So from that day on they plotted to take his life.

v.54 (Jesus knowing this, moved further away) Therefore Jesus no longer moved about publicly among the people of Judea. Instead he withdrew to a region near the wilderness, to a village called Ephraim, where he stayed with his disciples.

v.55 (many started gathering for Passover) When it was almost time for the Jewish Passover, many went up from the country to Jerusalem for their ceremonial cleansing before the Passover.

v.56 (they expected Jesus to come) They kept looking for Jesus, and as they stood in the temple courts they asked one another, “What do you think? Isn't he coming to the festival at all?”

v.57  (the authorities had given the order to arrest him) But the chief priests and the Pharisees had given orders that anyone who found out where Jesus was should report it so that they might arrest him.